We provide in-reach services for young people and adults receiving treatment on inpatient acute, intensive care, secure and rehab psychiatric wards in hospitals in London and other locations in the UK.
Using the latest music technology and apps our specially trained musicians and producers encourage patient engagement in music activities including song writing, lyricism, beat making, production and recording. The sessions offer an accessible and energising mix of contemporary and popular music styles.
Patients are supported and encouraged to step up to the mic, have a go mixing on the decks, learn music technology, write lyrics, make beats, produce and record tracks or simply enjoy the sounds.
The objectives are based around social inclusion and recovery and include:
- Develop social, communication, creative, technical and vocational skills
- Rekindle ability to express feelings, make choices, take turns and respect the views and tastes of others
- Opportunity to re-engage in leisure interest and spend time with others who have a common interest in music
- Bringing patients and staff together in a positive activity
- Space to foster hope and aspirations for the future
- Signpost progression to music services in the community post-discharge
We work closely with ward staff to tailor session format and content to suit ward specialisms and patient interests. An audit after each session reviews clinical feedback, patient engagement and comments and can be included in patient satisfaction surveys.
Our approach is effective in engaging patients who may not be participating in other ward activities. It is a useful way of signposting patients to our community programme, and visits to our studio can be arranged with ward staff. Regular attendance can lead to significant improvement in patient presentation and increased ward leave and can help to contribute to care planning post-discharge from hospital.
12-Week Music Industry Recovery Programme (£65 p/w for people on S117 and/or eligible for social care or personal health budget) *
5-Week Studio Discovery Programme (free-of-charge for people NOT on S117 or eligible for social care) *
5-Week Studio Connect Online Programme (free-of-charge for people NOT on S117 or eligible for social care) *
* 12-wk programme for referrals on S117; 5-wk programmes for referrals NOT on S117; All referrals subject to assessment, Terms & Conditions apply
Programme Philosophy Developing an identity as an artist offers a new way of knowing yourself and a chance to redefine who you are. You’ll increase your confidence and self-esteem, learn new skills, build resilience and open pathways to life opportunities. Specially trained music industry mentors and managers will support you to set and achieve realistic goals. The feelgood factor from professionally produced mixes of your musical ideas and the encouragement and feedback from professionals, peers and wider audiences will boost your wellbeing and recovery. On completion you’ll be freer from the limitations of your mental health and more aware of your true potential.
- Pre-start taster session and assessment
Professionally produced mixes of tracks
Develop artist identity, release on in-house label
Industry mentors, professional advice
Regular concerts & events
Option to release on in-house label (inc. mastering, licensing and distribution)
Progression to continuing education, training, volunteering or employment opportunities
- Music industry mentors trained in mental health awareness
SMS text reminders for every session
In-house volunteer programme, concerts and social events
Help with accessing support for mental health and wellbeing
“In-person” activities take place at Covid-secure locations which are regularly risk assessed in line with government guidelines.
Eligibility and Fees
To access the 12-week Music Industry Recovery Programme the following criteria and fees apply:
- Referred by mental health services, eligible for social care funding via S117 / personal budget / direct payment: £65 p/w
In 2021 we are offering a limited number of free-of-charge places on our 5-week Studio Discovery and Studio Connect programmes. These are offered on a discretionary basis paid for through our charitable funds and are ONLY for people who are not eligible for social care or other financial support.
Terms and Conditions apply. Offer of place confirmed after initial taster session and assessment.
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Live performance is a key component of our therapeutic approach. Performing original material produced in our studios at concerts and events provides a boost to artists’ confidence and self-esteem and is a powerful way of challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health issues. Our regular shows at mainstream venues and in mental health settings are energising and life-affirming for performers and audiences alike. Our talented singers, rappers and musicians can provide a wide variety of music to suit all tastes and we welcome booking enquiries from promoters and event organisers.
During engagement we work with clients to to identify opportunities for progression to continuing training, volunteering, work experience and employment through our partnerships with community and music industry organisations, training providers and work programmes. We also offer in-house volunteer opportunities that provide work experience placements in a music setting with training and support.
Bespoke mental health awareness and music mentoring training for groups and organisations can also be provided. Please contact us for more information.